Red Line

By - 12/2/16 - 8:51 am
Map replaced by art on the Red Line

Stefanie reports that around 8 a.m., about five people got on her Red Line car, covered all but one of the car's maps with cardboard, then posted paintings, along with sheets giving each work's name and artist. Read more.

By - 12/2/16 - 8:44 am

The T reported only "minor" delays when an outbound Ashmont train kicked the bucket around 6:45 a.m.

By - 12/1/16 - 5:17 pm

Just in time for rush hour: "Moderate" delays on the Red Line thanks to a train that expired at Central - after belching smoke.

By - 12/1/16 - 8:47 am

At least this time the signal problems happened early enough (like before 6 a.m.) that the T could fix them before the morning rush hour, although that's small consolation to the people who like actually depend on the Red Line early in the morning.

By - 11/29/16 - 6:12 pm

When not busy being deterred by residual dew, the Red Line is known for slowing down due to signal problems at Alewife, like now.

By - 11/29/16 - 12:53 pm
Elhalabi

Transit Police report arresting a Canton man for an incident at Harvard Square station around midnight on Nov. 18:

The male took exception to the victim's complaint and proceeded strike him in the face with a closed fist.

Read more.

By - 11/29/16 - 9:25 am

The State House News Service reports that our more winter-resilient Red Line was felled last week by "residual dew" turning into ice on the tracks south of Boston. Also at fault, the T acknowledges: Superannuated trains that looked up, clutched their chests and wailed "I'm coming, Elizabeth!"

By - 11/28/16 - 10:03 am

Sarah Pakstis shows us yet another manic Monday on the Red Line during rush hour, due to signal issues at Alewife. "How is this acceptable?" she asks.

By - 11/22/16 - 4:57 pm
Inspiring note at the Park Street MBTA station

Jason noticed this note at the Park Street T stop today:

I love this. We could all use some kindness these days.

By - 11/17/16 - 5:47 pm

Three 15-year-olds told a woman on the Red Line to go back to her own country before one of them began beating her with her fists and a phone as the train traveled between Savin Hill and Andrew the day before the election last week, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 11/17/16 - 4:45 pm

The MBTA advises us of "moderate" delays between Andrew and Harvard due to an unspecified "track problem." Liz Loveland, however, disputes the "moderate" part:

Delays severe despite alert claim of moderate. Train on standby for ages at Park with no room at all.

By - 11/17/16 - 1:21 pm

For at least the third time today, a Red Line train (probably not the same one, but who knows?) has flat lined, this time near South Station. Or as Yung Carl Jung puts it:

I'm on #RedLine Braintree bound train #01868 rn & it's stuck in a tunnel. what the eff is going on?

By - 11/17/16 - 10:19 am

Yet another Red Line train has departed this mortal coil, this time at Quincy Center. You know the drill.

By - 11/17/16 - 8:55 am

Track is whack at Packards Corner, so the T is hauling B Line passengers between there and Washington Street by bus. On the Red Line, there's a dead train just moldering somewhere on the tracks between JFK/UMass and Braintree.

By - 11/16/16 - 11:56 am

"Moderate" delays between Quincy Center and Braintree, the T advises. Its passing comes about 30 minutes after the T reported "minor" delays inbound on the Ashmont branch due to signal problems.

By - 11/15/16 - 5:25 pm
Crowds at Downtown Crossing

Waldo and the rest of the maddened crowd at DTX. Photo by EJ.

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Trains have begun rolling again.

A small track fire near JFK/UMass has turned the evening Red Line commute into yet another exercise in futility.

By - 11/14/16 - 1:03 pm
Scale mode of an Orange Line car

Two-thirds actual size.

MBTA officials recently told the T's Financial Control Board that work to get long suffering Red and Orange Line riders into new cars is currently on schedule - with the first new Orange Line to go into service in, well, early 2019. Read more.

By - 11/14/16 - 10:27 am
No room for hate pins

Angela Chen shows us the card and safety pin somebody handed her in Cleveland Circle today. They were also distributed at the Forest Hills and Central Square T stops.

By - 11/13/16 - 9:44 pm
Trump supporter on the Red Line

LiberalBadIdeas spotted this on the Red Line.

Meanwhile, in Cambridge, Harmann Singh, a student at Harvard Law School, reports tonight: Read more.

By - 11/12/16 - 12:06 am
Writing on the wall at Park Street station

When Venita Subramanian heard about some artists in New York who put out markers and sticky notes so subway riders could write up inspirational messages on a station wall, she thought Boston should do the same thing. Read more.